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Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Phone Booth (2002) and Batman Forever (1995). See full bio »
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 2011 Trespass
 2010 Twelve
 2009 Blood Creek
 2007 The Number 23
 2002 Phone Booth
 2002 Bad Company
 2000 Tigerland
 1999 Flawless
 1999 8MM
 1994 The Client
 1993 Falling Down
 1991 Dying Young
 1990 Flatliners
 1989 Cousins
 1987 The Lost Boys
 1983 D.C. Cab
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Directed Smashing Pumpkins music video "The End is the Beginning is the End" (1997). See more »

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2 Portrayals | 13 Interviews | 3 Articles | See more »


6' 3" (1.91 m)

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Probably no country has spent as much money as my country on drug wars and I'm not sure who's winning except for the drug dealers. See more »


Was originally attached to direct Runaway Jury (2003), having previously filmed two other John Grisham adaptations, The Client (1994) and A Time to Kill (1996). See more »


Often uses lots of sharp colors in his films See more »

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Anyone who thinks he's a bad director... petekrug17
Schumacher is NOT an inconsistent director... Candlemas
Way too much respect for this guy around here. purplegoose13
Joel should direct new batman beyond live action version movie? chriswilke-1
good movies james-hering
Amazing, Awesome, Astonishing Director. alvin_edwin
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